Miami, April 16, 2018 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC Director of Student Centered Services, Adam Porro, has been named a 2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the State of Florida. The award recognizes individuals across the country who are making a positive impact on their communities through efforts to advance college and career readiness.
Porro is part of MDC’s Student Achievement Initiative team, a completion-by-design project that focuses on strategic, college-wide efforts to improve student outcomes such as progression, retention and completion of key achievement benchmarks. For the past several years, he has served as the Director of Student Centered Services, where he successfully bridges and coordinates efforts with multiple departments, providing support to deliver an integrated student experience to incoming students. He predominantly works with first-time-in-college, direct-entry students, approximately 10,000 students annually. MDC enrolls more minority students than any college or university in the United States, accounting for more than 85% of credit student enrollment.
ACT Champions are high school seniors, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce professionals, who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success. They are nominated by ACT State Councils comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states that serve as the selection committee and choose one champion per category for each state.
“Everyone at some point in their life has been inspired by an individual who is tenacious, positive and dedicated to helping others achieve their life goals,” said ACT Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Montgomery. “The ACT College and Career Readiness initiative provides an opportunity to recognize those exemplary individuals whom we all know and love and want to ensure their stories are told to inspire others into action.”
ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals, institutions and employers achieve education and workplace success. It is a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. While millions of individuals take the ACT test each year, that’s just one aspect of their work. From elementary school through career, ACT offers individuals a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights throughout their life.
About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest, campus-based institution of higher education with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others. MDC is the recipient of top national awards. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences. It houses the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, the Idea Center, the School of Advance Studies, the New World School of the Arts, to name a few. MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $6 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, a sculpture park and a large art gallery system. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu.